Featured Album: Flat Pack Philosophy by Buzzcocks
BUZZCOCKS: FLAT PACK PHILOSOPHY (Cooking Vinyl)
WHO: Original punk-pop pioneers Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle, with now long-time rhythm section of Tony Barber and Philip Parker, deliver 4th album since mid-90s reformation.
WHAT: Briefly, 14 songs in just 36 minutes. And thankfully, after the uninspired effort that was its eponymous 2003 predecessor, Flat Pack Philosophy finds the ‘Cocks in fine voice and familiar fettle: melodies and harmonies a go-go from Shelley’s compositions, power chords and driving hard rock from Diggles’. The lyrics are somewhat unpoetic given their pedigree, and the formula will never sound revolutionary again like it did in 1978, but Flat Pack Philosophy still power drills gaping holes in their imitators’ repertoires.
WHY: “Like Steve Diggle, I’m a conscientious objector when it comes to proper work. Trying to imagine myself working in an office, it’s like trying to imagine myself as a horse.” (Pete Shelley, Uncut March 2006)
WINNERS: Shelley’s effortless knack with tunes and his well-preserved voice are perfectly evidenced on ‘I Don’t Exist,’ ‘Dreamin’’ and ‘Wish I Never Loved You.’ Diggle’s songs are aimed more at the permanent punks than the power-poppers, but ‘Sound Of A Gun’ covers both camps.
WORDS: “Latin lovers can be temperamental, you have to be careful what you say.” (‘God, What Have I Done’)
WEB: Listen to the album’s first single ‘Wish I Never Loved You’ on the group’s myspace page and ask yourelf if it’s not still 1979.
WINE: This group of hardened party people celebrates each completed concert with a bottle or two of decent Champagne. (On the rider, of course.) The Jean Lallement Champagne Brut NV hits the spot.